Friday, October 3, 2014

Doggie Doodie Bag Dispensers in Bed Stuy

Prepping for the Winter

It's that time again. Winter is coming and I have to put some protection on the front door. Since the front of the house is south facing, the door needs at least two coats of Cabot's Gloss Spar Varnish, "maximum sun and water defense."

Cabot offers extreme-weather protection and delivers a marine-quality finish. I used to buy Cabot's marine finish but Lowe's doesn't carry it anymore. I guess they replaced it with the "Gloss Spar Varnish."

Let's get down to business!

Step 1: Prepare tools, utensils, and cover the floor
  • Gloves, blue painter's tape, sand paper, MinWax Red Sedona stain and 1 gallon of Cabot varnish

Step 2: Apply the blue to protect the glass and other areas you don't want to get dirty.

Step 3: Lightly sand the door (use a fine grit sand paper), this will allow the stain to better adhere to the wood. 

Step 5: Apply the stain using a white rag. Preferably a white t-shirt.

Step 6: Give the stain about 5 hours to dry.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kitchen - Tight Squeeze!


Estimated Cost: $5800 (including appliances and electrical)
Time: Done over 6 years

From This to That: Evolution of a Garden Level Apartment

This garden level kitchen apartment project evolved from a busted a$$, cracked head infested kitchen; to decent kitchen with solid wood cabinets; then finally to a luxurious master bedroom suite with a fireplace. It only took 6 years.

The chimney for the fireplace was hidden behind the sheetrock in the kitchen. I removed the wall because I was tired of hearing mice scuttling and squealing behind the walls.

Damage: Estimated at $8500 plus back pain

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Best Stripper in Brooklyn

My family and friends don't believe that I am the best stripper in Brooklyn. I've been stripping for 13 years.

Tools: Wire Brush, paint brushes, 3 gallons of Klean Strip Stripper, assorted scrappers and steel wool
Man Hours: 3 Full days
Total Cost: $110

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Concrete Jungle to Landscaped Oasis

I finally got tired of tracking dirt from the backyard into the house. While some may think that a concreted backyard is hassle free, mine isn't.
I finally scraped enough money together to purchase artificial turf. Even though doesn't look exactly like real grass it's pretty darn close.


  1. Home Depot - 5 of Tundra 6 ft. x 7 ft. 6 in. Classic Artificial Turf: $695
  2. Lowes - 6 bags of Rock City 0.4-cu ft Marble: $23.82
  3. Estimated Total Cost: $718.82

Final Result:

This is how I originally found the backyard:

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